Harbour Air Addresses Floatplane Safety
Vancouver, BC.- As the largest seaplane commuter airline in the world and an industry leader the Harbour Air Group of Companies addressed the recent discussion of safety issues.
“We have been getting questions from our customers and the general public surrounding the issue of safety”, says Greg McDougall, CEO of Harbour Air Seaplanes and Westcoast Air. “We want to leave no doubt where we stand on the issues. The safety of our passengers and employees is our number one priority.”
Over the past decade Harbour Air has worked to refine its culture of safety. The principle operating mandate is to be a leader in the prevention of incidents and to provide a safe and professional air travel experience.
“We concentrate on taking the time, energy and capital to ensure incidents don’t happen and that is where we believe the discussion should be focussed”, says McDougall.
Harbour Air Seaplanes and Westcoast Air put forward the following positions:
-We fully support Minister Baird and his announced initiatives to improve floatplane safety. We have and will continue to work with Transport Canada and others to enhance the safety of our industry.
-We mandate pilot training that far exceeds standard training in regards to: decision making, egress training, crew resource management, and human-factors awareness.
-We have proactively adopted the same safety systems as used by large commercial airlines like Air Canada and WestJet.
-We use satellite tracking technology to enhance the monitoring of aircraft operating outside of controlled airspace.
-We will continue to improve on our passenger pre-flight safety briefings.
-We do not believe life-jackets should be worn on all seaplane flights.
-We are constantly involved with suppliers to identify and develop equipment and systems that enhance safety. (Viking Air)
-We support the development and distribution of best practices in the industry and are willing to share our procedures with all floatplane operators.
“Our main focus will continue to be on the prevention of incidents,” says McDougall. “If we really want to do something to improve the safety of floatplanes, I would strongly recommend our approach. Our safety record clearly shows our efforts in this regard have been highly successful.”